Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Implant case

Hello Guys.... Just posting a Implant case with gr8 results....

         Pt with Lower Molar missing and replaced with implant and crown.... Its been 5 yrs now that the implant has been placed...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Painless Disease Diagnosis Possible Through Portable Laser Devices

With the development of new portable laser devices to probe bones, teeth, and other parts of the body for early signs of diseases like osteoporosis and tooth decay, a visit to the dentist could now be a painless affair.

These new diagnostic tools will have the ability to see beneath the skin and detect disease, without exposing patients to X-rays.

The laser beam technology, called Raman spectroscopy, focuses a laser beam painlessly through the skin onto a bone or onto the surface of a tooth. After hitting its target, the beam returns to an electronic detector with imprinted information that can reveal whether disease is present.

The technology is a mainstay tool in chemistry laboratories that is finding a new life in medicine.The article describes growing medical interest in Raman-based devices, especially for diagnosing osteoporosis and other bone diseases, and for tracking the effectiveness of treatment.

It could also mark the end of "drill-and-fill" routine for tooth decay treatments.The technique could also mean blood tests done without taking blood samples, the article indicates.

The article is published in the current issue of Chemical and Engineering News (C and EN), ACS' weekly news magazine.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Night Time Eating Linked To Tooth Loss

       Eating food late at night contributes to tooth loss, regardless of the type of food you eat, according to American and Danish researchers, who noted the reason could be that saliva flow, which is important for removing debris in the mouth, dries up at night.

     You can read about the study, by researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Copenhagen University, in the August print issue of Eating Behaviors, which is already available online.
        They found that 8 per cent (173 subjects) were classed as nocturnal eaters, that is they consumed a quarter or more of their daily calories after their evening meal, and would wake and have a snack in the middle of the night at least twice a week.

      They also found, even after taking into account potential influencing factors like age, smoking status, and how much sugar or carbohydrate there was in their diet, the nocturnal eaters had lost more teeth at the later point in the study than the non-nocturnal eaters.

The researchers concluded that:

" In sum, nocturnal eating contributes to tooth loss."

They recommended that dentists and oral treatment providers encourage their patients to practice good oral health and be aware of the impact nocturnal eating can have on the health of their teeth.

They suggested, for instance, that practitioners screen patients for nocturnal eating.

A scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, Professor Damien Walmsley, told the BBC that eating at night when there is less saliva, and food debris tends to linger longer, boosts the effect of consuming sugary and acidic food and drinks.

He said it was important to brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and one of these brushing sessions should be just before going to bed, and also:

"Where possible, consume only water for at least an hour before the final brush of the day," said Walmsley.